From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.
This year, the federal government gave billions of dollars of stimulus money to medical providers to help speed up their use of electronic health records. The idea is for doctors to coordinate care better so that patients can see their charts online, and to allow clinics to grade their doctors.
Oregon is ahead of the curve. Sixty-five percent of clinicians have electronic medical records, compared to about 45 percent nationwide.
Steve Novick, shown in 2008, was the campaign spokesman for measures 66 and 67, which passed in Oregon last fall. Novick says that Oregonians voted for the measures because they decided to protect public safety, social services — and the middle class.